Many thanks to Wink Lorch for the use of her picture of the waterfall in the beautiful town of Baumes-les-Messieurs...

Samplings from the Jura…

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A week or so ago I was helping a local (Chambers Street Wines) customer pick out a six bottle gift for an out-of-state loved one, when he turned to me and asked, out of the blue “so what’s up with the Jura?” Before launching into an oft rehearsed spiel “Jura is an eastern French wine region – about an hour and half by car from Burgundy – very close to the Swiss border…” I found myself asking “why do you ask?” He’d been hearing about the Jura; perhaps he had stumbled across an article; he’d been eyeing the uniquely shaped bottles with their embossed logos for years as we discussed the neighboring red Burgundies to the left and Rhônes to the right. I steered him to a bottle of 2011 old vine Poulsard from Stéhane Tissot, a wine that had been the popular favorite at a recent tasting of Poulsards. A regular drinker of red Burgundy, he was pleased to find a wine of old vine intensity and Burgundian delicacy for such a reasonable price ($24).

I ruminated on this encounter. Perhaps there are others in this position who are curious about the wines of this secluded and bucolic part of France. Conclusion: It’s time for a Jura mixed six pack. Fate seemed to have a hand in the creation of this Jura Sampler. In preparing to host Jura wine writer Wink Lorch, we’d put quite a few new selections on shelf. We’d also recently received our first shipment of wine from Raphaël Monnier of Domaine Ratapoil in the Arbois after a year in hot pursuit of the wines. All in all, things seemed to be coming together to offer quite an exciting Jura sampler.  As is always the case with our pre-selected boxes, the wines therein are chosen to give you, Dear Customer, an opportunity to taste a full range of styles from the region. These wines hail from a handful of lesser known growers we have come to love over the past few years. To further tempt you, we’re offering this mixed pack at a discount that exceeds our standard 12 bottle discount of 10%. All in all, we think this is an exciting chance to get to know the Jura or – if you’ve already been bitten by the Jura bug – to discover new vignerons. As this region hasn’t yet been awarded its own category on our website, below you’ll find a list of everything we have in stock from the Jura. Happy browsing! -Sophie

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Jura Mixed Six Pack

A selection of our favorite red and white wines from the Jura that highlights the wines of Pascal and Evelyne Clairette of Domaine de la Tournelle, Raphael Monnier of Ratapoil, Ludwig Bindernagel of Chais du Vieux Bourg, Peggy Buronfosse, and Jean-Francois Bourdy. This mixed pack, which offers a true exploration of the region across different terroirs, styles, and producers features two white wines, one Crémant, and three red wines. As with all of our mixed packs, the wines are offered at a discount, which we hope will encourage you, dear inquisitive drinker, to become more familiar with the wines of this fabulous eastern French wine region. -msb

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Tissot, Stephane NV Crémant du Jura Indigène

This is a vinous Crémant du Jura that shows a touch of the sweetness of the vin de paille used for the second fermentation. The wine offers notes of apple and fresh grass on the nose along with the honeyed, herbal tea-like quality of Macvin du Jura. Give the wine some time open as it can be a touch reductive at first. Made from a blend of 55% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir, and the rest Trousseau and Poulsard. More serious than the average Crémant, this wine will open up over the course of a meal and will complement roast chicken and richer fish dishes. Take note of the finish, which is long, nuanced, and satisfying. –Sophie Barrett

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Chais du Vieux Bourg 2008 Crémant du Jura Délire des Lyres

From Bavarian winemaker, Ludwig Bindernagel comes this unique Crémant du Jura made from 100% Pinot Noir. This bubbly sees a long period of maceration on the lees and is bottled with no dosage. Dry, nutty, mushroom-y, earthy, toasty, and with laser-like acidity, this wine is like the Bouchard "Inflorescence" or the Marie-Courtin of Crémant du Jura and is well worth spending an extra dollar or two to try. Two thumbs up! MSB

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Tissot 2011 Arbois Trousseau Singulier

This is a ripe and fruit-forward vintage for Tissot's Trousseau Singulier. In the hands of lesser winemakers, we might object such oppulence in a red wine from the Jura, but Tissot masterfully balances all the sweet cranberry and dark cherry fruit on the nose and palate with sumac and herbal notes, high-toned, Burgundian earthiness, lashings of acidity, and fine but firm tannins. All too quaffable in spite of its intensity, this is a fabulous Jurassic choice for lovers of Burgundy. It's a little early to start making recommendations for Thanksgiving, but this bottle should certainly have a place at your table. -msb

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Tissot 2011 Arbois Poulsard Vieilles Vignes Sans Soufre

This wine "wow-ed" a group of tasters at a recent tasting featuring essentially every Ploussard available in the New York market... and it really is an exceptional example of the grape variety as well as a very good value. Stéphane Tissot, one of the most energetic and personable growers in the Jura, farms just shy of 50 hectares entirely in biodynamic viticulture. He's no slouch in the cellar either as this wine is made with no sulfur added and is squeaky clean -- no easy feat for a vigneron. This old vine Ploussard shows great delicacy as well as depth with the classic, tangy cranberry fruit of Ploussard adorning a light but not insubstantial frame. -msb 

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Tissot 2010 Arbois Chardonnay La Mailloche

Is it wrong to say that a wine smells like a sea salted caramel apple? The more wine from the Jura I drink, the more I respect Stéphane Tissot. His wines are clean, powerful, terroir-driven, and beautiful.This is a dense and sappy topped up Jura Chardonnay (a la Fan-fan Ganevat) that is cashew-y with ripe, sweet orchard fruit, rocks, and acid, all in droves. The nose offers sweet, creamy lemon curd and the palate is Burgundian in the sense that it offers rich, unctuous flavors that are nevertheless well balanced, spreading across the palate to the finish. Stéphane is truly a masterful vigneron. -msb

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Ratapoil (Raphael Monnier) 2011 Arbois Ploussard Par La

This Ploussard from Raphael Monnier, school teacher/vigneron in the Arbois comes from the excellent "Corvées" vineyard. It's an exuberant, juicy, naturally made Ploussard in the image of Ganevat, Overnoy, etc... showing tangy orange and red fruits on the nose and palate: blood orange, cranberry, sour cherry. Light bodied and low in tannins, the wine may be very slightly bubbly and a bit reduced upon first opening so decant for best results ... Delicious and a welcome addition to our shelves! -msb

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Gahier, Michel 2011 Arbois Trousseau "Grands Vergers"

This is a ripe, but still balanced and very good Trousseau. Though not reduced upon opening, the wine deserves an hour or so to breathe. The nose offers dark berry fruits: blackberry, purple cherry and cassis notes that are ever so slightly jammy. Earth and fruit seed notes temper the wine's sweet, ripe aromatics, and the palate has fresh acidity and lingering tannins that make this bottle a very good choice for the cellar. The Grands Vergers vineyard is adjacent to Puffeney's "Bérangères" vineyard and the wine has the complexity of Puffeney's Trousseau, but with a more supple, less structured, and prettier character. -msb

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Gahier, Michel 2008 Arbois Chadonnay Le Fauquette

We are surprised and pleased when we taste Gahier's Chardonnay La Fauquette that no matter the vintage and no matter the light (and delicious) oxidation that marks the wine, there is always a distinct "Fauquette-ness," down to the bouillon note on the nose that characterized the '90 Fauquette tasted in Michel Gahier's cellar last year. The nose has some aroma-lifting volatile acidity, which heightens the nutty, savory, and honeyed aromatics of the wine. One might go so far as to say "sesame seeds, baked apples, and wild flower honey." The palate is silky and surprisingly plush for the vintage with a long nuttiness and a fresh lift of acidity. Hunt down some Tomme Crayeuse and have yourself a ball! -msb

 

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Puffeney NV Arbois Cuvee Sacha

Puffeney continues the tradition of the non-vintage Sacha with delicous results! The nose is all nuts and flor aromas showing the unmistakable tang of white wines raised this way, while the palate unleashes a burst of crunchy, bright, lemon-y fruit. We love Sacha, and this does not disappoint. Tim Gagnon

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Puffeney 2011 Arbois Trousseau Les Berangeres

As usual, even in a tough vintage, Puffeney's Trousseau "les Bérangères" does not disappoint. The nose offers ripe, brambly berries: blackberry, dark cherry, black raspberry, as well as a delicious hint of forest floor. The palate is fairly rich and concentrated for a Jura red wine, but with fresh acidity, earthiness, and firm, mouth-coating tannins. Truly a fantastic effort. MSB

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Tournelle 2010 Arbois Fleur de Savagnin

Always a favorite with us, this is a riveting, high acid Savagnin that is crunchy and long with delicious, lip-smacking minerality on the finish. The barrels are topped up, so there's more pure Savagnin fruit than you'll find in most sous voile examples of this indigenous, Jurassian variety. In fact part of what we love about this wine is its expression of Savagnin; the wine offers vibrant notes of lemon curd and tangy quince. In the background, the lightly oxidative note common to white wines from the Jura remains, adding delicate notes of almond flesh to the midpalate and finish. This wine needs air to sing; decant for best results and don't serve it too cold! -msb

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Tournelle 2010 Arbois Trousseau des Corvees

I perpetually have the following experience with wines from Pascal and Evelyn Clairet: I open and taste the wine. I am underwhelmed, an hour goes by and the wine absolutely sings. It's a known fact that red wines from the Jura are prone to reduction and benefit from decanting, none more than the wines of Domaine de la Tournelle. I promise you, however, that if you give this wine and hour, it will blossom into one of the most delicious Trousseaus you've ever tasted. On the nose, the wine shows black fruits, dark plums, blackberries, fruit seeds, and an herbal note. The palate fleshes out to reveal forward, sweet, tangy fruits. Berry flavors persevere to the finish, which is long and lipsmacking... Jura lovers: please do yourself a favor and try the bottle. -msb 

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Buronfosse, Peggy and Jean-Pascal 2010 Cotes du Jura Chardonnay Ammonites

This wine hails from the southern part of the Jura, the same area where Fan-fan Ganevat and Julien Labet make wine. There is copious marl in the soil in the southern Jura; the climate is warmer, and more Chardonnay is grown to the Savagnin of the northern villages of Arbois, Pupillin, etc... Chardonnay "Ammonite" features old vines planted on blue marl soil. The wine spends 18 months in old barrels and is densely packed, honeyed, apple-y, and flavorful with just a hint if pleasing oxidation. Peggy Buronfosse is a new comer on the scene and we've been blown away by what we've tasted from her so far... -msb

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Ganevat 2009 Côtes du Jura Savagnin Cuvée Prestige

This wine -- one of the few sous voile wines Fan-fan Ganevat makes -- sparked an interesting discussion at the wine store, culminating in the decision that we all really, really liked the wine. The question was: why buy this over Valdespino's Innocente, which delivers lots of flor for much less money. This wine, however, does not taste like a sherry. The voile character is supported by the same intense, high acid, dense, apply fruit one finds in Ganevat's ouillé wines. This is a beautiful bottle. The nose offers smoky notes as well as umami, walnut skin, and mustard seed, but it's the velvety, full-fruited palate clamping down with minerality on the finish that slays. It's not an inexpensive bottle, but the drinker is well rewarded. -msb 

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Ganevat 2011 Côtes du Jura Pinot Noir Cuvée Julien

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until August 23rd.

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